33 episodes

Math Teacher Lounge is a biweekly podcast created specifically for K–12 math educators. In each episode co-hosts Bethany Lockhart Johnson (@lockhartedu) and Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer)dive deep, with guests, into the math and educational topics you care about. Interact with us on Twitter (@mtlshow) or join our Facebook group (facebook.com/groups/mathteacherlounge) for more content. 

Math Teacher Lounge Bethany Lockhart Johnson and Dan Meyer

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    • 4.5 • 37 Ratings

Math Teacher Lounge is a biweekly podcast created specifically for K–12 math educators. In each episode co-hosts Bethany Lockhart Johnson (@lockhartedu) and Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer)dive deep, with guests, into the math and educational topics you care about. Interact with us on Twitter (@mtlshow) or join our Facebook group (facebook.com/groups/mathteacherlounge) for more content. 

    Season finale: Key takeaways and looking ahead

    Season finale: Key takeaways and looking ahead

    Listen to the final episode of Math Teacher Lounge! We’ll walk through the past 10 episodes on math fluency and pull out the key takeaways from our amazing hosts–such as tips on defining and assessing fluency, fluency development in a bilingual setting, and the potential pitfalls of relying too heavily on so-called fake fluency. 
    We’ll also talk about the future of the podcast and what’s next for us. Spanning six seasons, we’ve had the privilege of reaching thousands of educators while exploring a wide range of topics including the Joy of Math, Math Anxiety, and Math Fluency, featuring  Amplify’s Jason Zimba, Sesame Workshop’s Rosemarie Truglio, Reach Capital’s Jennifer Carolan, and Baltimore County Public Schools’ Dr. John W. Staley.
    We can’t wait to continue working on a host of other exciting projects this year, including webinars, conference appearances, and the 2024 Math Symposium. Listen to the finale of the Math Teacher Lounge podcast today, and keep an eye out for more!

    For more amazing math content, check out the following resources:
    Hear more from Dan during our 2024 Math Symposium.Check out all of our past episodes on the main Math Teacher Lounge page.Find more tips and strategies for math teachers through our upcoming webinars.

    • 57 min
    S6-E10: Supercharge math fluency through problem-solving

    S6-E10: Supercharge math fluency through problem-solving

    Tune into this episode of Math Teacher Lounge, featuring math teaching and learning specialist and friend of the podcast, Fawn Nguyen. Listen as Nguyen dives into the unique and powerful relationship between math fluency and problem-solving, and learn about how problem-solving activities can be leveraged to engage all students and fuel math fluency development.

    Learn why math fluency and problem-solving have a symbiotic relationship and how to create problem-solving activities that generate individual and peer learning opportunities, including examples from the California framework. Plus, hear tips for supporting  the relationship between problem-solving and math fluency that can implemented in the classroom, throughout the school building, and at home.

    • 38 min
    S6-E09: Unlocking a systematic approach to math-fluency instruction

    S6-E09: Unlocking a systematic approach to math-fluency instruction

    Join us for Episode 9, in which Bethany sits down with former classroom teacher Myuriel von Aspen to talk about the importance of a systematic approach to math-fluency instruction. Listen as von Aspen discusses how effective fluency instruction takes students beyond fact memorization into deeper learning through mathematical discourse.

    To hear more from Myuriel, check out the following resources:
    Watch Myuriel’s welcoming message at NCSM, 2022. Listen to an excerpt of Myuriel’s message at NCTM, 2021.Learn a little about Myuriel’s journey.

    • 38 min
    S6-E08: Cultivating schoolwide math fact fluency

    S6-E08: Cultivating schoolwide math fact fluency

    Tune in to Episode 8, where we chat with guest and former grade 1 teacher, Jody Guarino, Ed.D., about how math teachers can collaborate to develop math fact fluency at the building level. Listen as Dr. Guarino talks about what it takes for schools to do this successfully, and her key takeaways from her own experience.

    For more from Dr. Guarino, check out the following resources:
    Follow Dr. Guarino on X: @jody_guarinoLearn more about Dr. Guarino and her work by checking out her University of California Irvington page.

    • 43 min
    S6-E07: Building math fluency through games

    S6-E07: Building math fluency through games

    Join Math Teacher Lounge as we continue our season-long discussion on math fluency with a special live recording at NCTM 2023. In this episode, our guest, Jennifer Bay-Williams Ph.D., and Dan dive into math fluency games to discuss how we bring joy into the classroom while building math fluency.

    For more from Jennifer, check out the following resources:
    Discover more math fluency games with Jennifer’s book, Math Fact Fluency: 60+ Games and Assessment Tools to Support Learning and Retention.Move students beyond basic math facts and memorization with Jennifer’s book, Figuring Out Fluency in Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Grades K-8.

    • 57 min
    S6-E06: Nurturing fluency through student strengths

    S6-E06: Nurturing fluency through student strengths

    Join us for Episode 6, where we discuss how to take an asset-based approach to building math fluency with John W. Staley, Ph.D., who has spent decades in math classrooms. In this episode Dr. Staley shares his experiences and research to provide strategies on how to utilize student strengths to encourage growth.

    For more from Dr. Staley, check out the following resources:
    Follow John on X at @JStaley06.Learn more from John by checking out his NCTM articles.Read John’s book, High School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice.Read John’s book, Middle School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Happy Posher!! ,

Too much misc talk

I needed this episode to give me solid advice, stategies to help with my math anxiety. Yet for basically the entire episode (almost an hour), there was only chatty talk. Extremely disappointing.

Cee as thvcdg ,

Too little info for time spent

The chatty chat is excessive; it took the first ten minutes to even arrive at one concrete idea about math anxiety. Also, the staggering level of deference to the interviewee was exemplary “sage on the stage.” She had all knowledge and the interviewers were the oh, so eager receptacles. Added to all this was the extreme display of traditional gender roles: he asked all the questions regarding specific information and she was the one to express the affective, emotional responses. Let me finally add that I do not recall a precise definition of math anxiety and perhaps only one or two ideas of what to do in the classroom, the only environment I as a teacher have any control over.

All in all, 30 minutes that could boil down to at most five minutes of helpful ideas and information.

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